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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to search for dinghy with the possibility of two persons on board that had disappeared out of sight

Tuesday evening on 5 July, at 10 pm, the RNLI lifeboat was tasked with Littlestone RNLI lifeboat and also the search and rescue helicopter 163 from Lydd to reports from people on the beach of a dinghy with the possibility of two persons on board that had disappeared out of sight, 12 miles north, northeast of the Dungeness lifeboat station.

Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew set up a parallel search pattern a quarter mile out from the coastline together with Littlestone lifeboat for two miles. After this extensive search pattern was completed, nothing was found.

Both lifeboats and the sea rescue helicopter 163 were stood down with Dungeness lifeboat being refuelled and ready for service in the early hours of Wednesday 6 July.

Coxswain Adams said ‘we are going through a busy period and our volunteers are fantastic giving up their time to help the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea’

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